Dang, do school supplies get eeexpenssive and do stores get cccroowwded when it’s back to school! I love school supply shopping, but I always overspend on the cute and (way more expensive) crap that my kids really don’t need. Here’s 5 ways to help you with your school supply savings this year…
- Don’t buy the most expensive supplies: I get it, buying all the pretty supplies is fun and exciting for you and your kids but you spend way more than you need to. Stop yourself from picking up the sparkly notebook when the plain notebook is half the cost. Or if your list says a 3 subject notebook, maybe just buy 3 different notebooks…especially if they are 10 cents each (check out this Staples deal below!)
- Only buy what your list says: If your school list says 12 colored pencils…just buy 12. Who cares if the 24 pack has more colors – if your kid really needs to use “bubble gum pink” instead of the regular pink, I’m sure the teacher or some other kid will have one kicking around somewhere. If you buy more than 12 pencil crayons, kids will either steal them or you’re just going to get most of them back at the end of the year and think about it…. does your kid really NEED 100 colored pencils (that’s excessive Crayola)!
- Reuse your left over school supplies: If you get school supplies back at the end of the year, reuse them for next year. I always go through my leftover stuff first and cross them from the list BEFORE I go out and buy new stuff. Some people might not have the patience (or loneliness) that I have but if you’ve got spare time, go through all your left over markers and test them out to see if you can make a pack of working markers. Don’t worry, nobody is judging you if they don’t come in a package (except for Jonny’s mom – what a bitch) Lol And if you’ve got more time – do this with your pencil crayons (I do)! #lamemom
- Use coupons & wait for sales: I know it blows to go shopping a week before your kids go back to school with the stores being chaotic and busy, but this is when you get the best deals! Stores are trying to clear out their stock so they can make room for seasonal, so they put everything on sale at this point. Check before you walk in the main doors for any coupons or flyers to save you money!
- Use your common sense: While some schools aim to save parents money and only put on the shopping list things that are ACTUALLY needed, some schools haven’t updated their lists for years or don’t care to look over it before they send it out (I’m married to a teacher). If your supply list is requesting 15 binders in Elementary School, you probably don’t need anywhere close to that. Start with one or two and wait until the teacher asks for more.
Hopefully this helps with keeping your money in the bank account so that you get that much closer for college savings (oh shit-there’s still college!) If you have any other ways that YOU save on school supplies, please leave a comment below as I’d love to hear about them
Have an awesome day and make good choices!